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Local Skier Killed in Avalanche

March 07, 2011

Leavenworth

back country skier Daniel Zimmermann, 28, was killed in an avalanche Saturday while skiing the southwest face of

Mt Cashmere above Trout Creek. Zimmermann was with a group of people when the snow above him fractured and an

avalanche swept him about 800 feet down a coulee into a group of trees.

 

Those skiing with

Zimmermann had to ski and snowmobile away from the accident to call 911. Sheriff Brian Burnett said a search and

rescue mission was immediately launched and a Medstar helicopter was sent to the area.

 

By the

time rescuers made it back to the site, it was determined Zimmermann had not survived his severe injuries. Other

members of Zimmermann’s group had stayed at the scene in an attempt to save him. No one else was caught in

the avalanche or injured.

 

Due to the high avalanche danger in the area and approaching

darkness on Saturday evening, it was decided Zimmermann’s body would be recovered on Sunday morning by a

team of experienced mountain rescue personnel and other experienced volunteers.

 

A candle

light vigil was held up Icicle Road Saturday night, and an informal memorial gathering was held Sunday among

Zimmermann’s friends.

 

Daniel Zimmerman grew up in Leavenworth and worked as an

electrician. He was described as a passionate, experienced skier, and “a most special person to his friends

and family,” by close friend Chris Rudolph.

 

KOHO Radio will have more on

remembrances of the life of Daniel Zimmermann in the coming days.